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Is there a linux alternative to the Windows application DVD-Shrink, that can compress a DVD image to a smaller size to fit on a writeable DVD?

In backing up some DVD's the ripped ISO file size is over 7000MB is there an alternative linux software, similar to Windows "DVD Shrink" that can compress this to fit on a writeable DVD which is about 4000MB

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no updates to that answer yet? – cipricus Oct 14 '14 at 22:56
what was this voted for closing for? – cipricus Oct 15 '14 at 10:15
@cipricus Click on the close button. You'll see a 1 next to 'primarily opinion based'. Also, when you're satisfied with any of the answers, comment here tagging me so that I can award the bounty to it. – muru Oct 15 '14 at 13:01
@muru - The relatively new info is on Handbrake, which is in not an alternative to DVDShrink (comment: HandBrake will ... not preserve the original DVD structure); also, I was not able to install it. K9Copy is too KDE oriented and I cannot test it (I am in Xubuntu) and not actively supported. That leaves us with DVD9to5, proposed in the most voted answer: the name means shrink 9GB DVD to 5GB DVD, it should qualify as an alternative. But I have to test it before deciding, maybe editing that answer to bring it forward. – cipricus Oct 15 '14 at 13:25
@cipricus That's okay. I'm just acting as a proxy for you in this matter, since I don't do ripping and can't judge the answers for myself. Ping me in a week, when the bounty expires. – muru Oct 15 '14 at 13:41

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The best one out there is k9copy but I've been having issues with it in 12.10 64bit, a good alternative is dvd95 and there's another app called xdvdshrink found here though xdvdshrink's subtitle ripping capabilities seem broken.

Another option for you would be to run dvdshrink through wine, I have been able to do this rather easily, the only thing extra needed is to list your cdrom in your fstab file and then also add the drive in winecfg as well.

Start by running this command:

sudo mkdir -v /media/cdrom

This will make the directory where your cdrom will be mounted. Then run this command to open fstab with gedit as root.

gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

Here's the fstab line needed to mount the cdrom, simply copy and paste it to the end of your fstab file:

# built in CDrom
/dev/sr0    /media/cdrom    auto    ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0

Run this command:

sudo mount -a

Then run:


Here's a picture of where to add drives in winecfg just click the drives tab, then the autodetect button. Then apply, and OK.

winecfg, drives tab

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any updates to that, some linux solution? – cipricus Oct 14 '14 at 22:51
in Xubuntu 14.04 modifying the fstab was not needed. the dvd is mounted in media/username and seen by dvdshrink – cipricus Oct 27 '14 at 15:17

The 2 best tools I know of that work are dvd95 and k9copy.
sudo apt-get install dvd95 or sudo apt-get install k9copy
installing k9copy on a non-kde system will pull down a lot of dependencies, which may or may not be an issue with you.

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dvd95 does not work like dvdshrink; k9copy is not available for 14.04, unless we install the reloaded version 3.0.0 from here. -- How to install k9copy in 12.04? – cipricus Oct 22 '14 at 8:00


HandBrake is really good, and this is the tool I recommend.

The download is available at

Better yet, there is a PPA at

Although the PPA for the most recent release (version 9.9) is for Raring, it works just fine in 14.04. You can add the HandBrake repository for Raring and install HandBrake in Ubuntu 14.04 as follows:

echo "deb raring main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/handbrake.list
echo "# deb-src raring main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/handbrake.list
apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 816950D8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


K9Copy was an excellent tool, but the developer had stopped supporting it years ago. Apparently another developer has picked up the project just recently ( and released version 3.0.0, if you want to try it. I haven't tried it myself, so I do not know if it will work in 14.04. You will have to build it from scratch, since pre-built packages for the new version are not available yet.

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Handbrake isn't intended to be used for backing up DVDs by transcoding and stripping them. – LiveWireBT Oct 15 '14 at 3:10
LiveWiteBT is right about that. HandBrake will let you rip the DVD to a different format and size, so you can copy it to a different media, or smaller DVD disk, but it does not preserve the original DVD structure. – PJ Singh Oct 15 '14 at 4:38

I will try to maintain here an updated answer on the programs that I was able to test, discussing the solutions that have been proposed.

I will leave aside DVDShrink in Wine.

DVD9to5 (dvd95) - I have tested it by making a backup of two video-dvds as iso files. (They were both larger than 5 GB and maybe protected). There is an option to keep the menus, which I suppose means the structure of the original dvd.

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But the iso files were not playable in VLC.

And I think I know why. In fact DVD95 cannot select and backup more than one track each time (a confirmation of this here).

While it may work ok with dvd movies that have only one such track (have to test that yet) the ones that have multiple tracks will put a big problem. These are dvds with more than a single movie. When backing up a dvd with multiple tracks the original menus will be lost because they relate to the other files that will not be copied. Also, subtitles are not usable in this way, and also scrolling does not work. The separate vob files would be playable separately.

In a such case the good part is that you have a better quality of the main video than in the case all the dvd image would have been there (like DVDSrink can do). I noticed in one case that the main video that was selected kept its original size, and all "shrinking" of the image was done only by removing the other tracks. It is not the same image in this way. But if that is not a problem for you (you do not need menus and subtitles) you may use a simple command dvdbackup -F (source for this here: How do I make an ISO copy of a DVD movie?) and in this way get only the main feature which might very well be smaller than 4.7GB

  • DVD95 may be an alternative only in the case of dvds with a single track.

Handbrake - can convert dvd video to MKV and to mp4: maybe a good solution to convert (have not tested it yet), but not to 'shrink' dvd images,

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so, Handbrake is not a DVDShrink alternative.

xDVDShrink (also .deb) - Does not work on all dvd sources (encrypted etc). The dvds tested above were not even accessed, so I tested with 4.7 dvd movie without protection.

No support for subtitles is seems (also mentioned here), one single video title and one single audio channel selectable it looks.

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I had made also these settings:

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that were not followed. No .iso file was to be found on the desktop or elsewhere. But nor the /tmp files had been deleted as set, so I was able to test those. The full dvd files were found in /tmp/mydvd/BUILD/, but they can be played with VLC and SMPlayer just as ordinary video files, without the original dvd structure of menus. The most severe problem is the absence of subtitles (funny in my case as I was testing with a Japanese movie.)

Therefore: xDVDShrink is NOT an alternative.

I have left aside for a while k9copy, which many have recommended in the past, and which, as already stated under this question, is considered the real DVDShrink alternative for Ubuntu.

As the initial project is now inactive, there is a new developer that supports a k9copy-reloaded version - HERE.

I have installed without any problems the latest deb posted there - the Jessie version - in a Kubuntu 15.04-development branch. It has added only 13 new dependencies.

In Ubuntu Unity and any other non-KDE desktops it will come with a lot more KDE dependencies. But that is the problem with many other KDE applications that at some point may be needed for a specific purpose. If your purpose is to backup DVS-s the way DVDShrink does in Windows, then having some KDE dependencies is not such a bad deal.

k9copy-reloaded looks like a real alternative and for now the only answer to the question.

I will update this post as soon as I am able to test more solutions.

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There is only one other program that I have been able to find that hasn't already been mentioned and may be worth a look. Its called Vamps

The downside is, that Vamps is not capable to make DVD backups on its own. qVamps is a GUI, which enables the user to select titles from a DVD, uses Vamps for requantization and create a new DVD. qVamps uses dvdauthor for creation of the new DVD's data structures.

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Sorry to be suspicious, but the last release of Vamps was 2006. Can you confirm it is working with Ubuntu 14.04? How did go about installing it? – MadMike Oct 17 '14 at 11:36
apt-get install vamps, then vamps -v < input.vob > output.vob ran here. Unfortunately it didn't shrink my 5.8gib vob file enough for a DVD. – cweiske Sep 27 at 11:32

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